Gitmo jury can consider age of ‘child soldier’

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GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Jurors can consider Omar Khadr’s age in deciding whether he intended to commit a war crime in Afghanistan when he was 15, a U.S. military judge told jury candidates in the Canadian prisoner’s trial Tuesday.

Khadr’s murder and terrorism conspiracy trial began with jury selection on Tuesday, making the United States the first nation since World War II to try someone in a military tribunal for acts allegedly committed as a minor.

Khadr is accused of killing a U.S. soldier with a grenade during a firefight at a suspected al-Qaida compound and making roadside bombs to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2002.

The defense contends the Toronto native was conscripted by his father, an al-Qaida financier who took his family to Afghanistan and apprenticed his son to a group of bomb-makers who engaged U.S. troops in combat three weeks later.

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